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Teacher: 'It's largely about the conditions for me'

Thousands of public sector workers from across the North East are taking part in a 24-hour strike today.

Like the last strike of this scale, it means hundreds of our schools will be closed or partially closed. The industrial action also affects town halls, libraries, Sure Start centres and many other council-run facilities.

The action is part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Nik Jones, from Wolsingham School and Community College in County Durham, is one of thousands of members of the National Union of Teachers taking part in the walkout. "It's largely about the conditions for me", he said.

Firefighters' strike begins

Firefighters at scene of a blaze. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tyne and Wear Fire Service are asking people to exercise caution as a 24-hour strike gets underway this morning (June 12).

It is part of an ongoing pensions row between the Fire Brigade Union and the Government. The strike is due to start at 9am.

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Pay strike for Teesside power station workers

Hundreds of workers building a new power station on Teesside have staged an unofficial strike.

The dispute over pay has flared on the site at Billingham where an energy-from-waste plant is being built.

Around 250 workers, including pipe fitters and welders, walked out on Wednesday, and continued with the unofficial action on Thursday, joined by scaffolders.

The dispute is over bonus payments after work was affected by the bad weather.

A spokesman for Air Products, which will run the plant, said work was continuing despite the action, and the company was hopeful that the dispute would be resolved in the next few days.

"Foster Wheeler, the main engineering, procurement and construction management contractor at Air Products' Tees Valley renewable energy facility at Billingham, has confirmed that certain construction contractor workers have taken unofficial industrial action. The workers, mainly mechanical and piping, are expected to return to work at the site by Monday February 10.

"We believe the strike action has not been sanctioned by their trade unions nor has a ballot of the workforce been taken.

"Air Products, Foster Wheeler and the construction contractor management have held a series of talks with union representatives in recent weeks and all parties are pressing for an early resolution for the grievances submitted through the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry resolution procedure.

"Work continues unaffected throughout the rest of the site. Construction of the Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility started in 2012 and is due to enter commercial operation later this year."

– Statement from Air Products

Middlesbrough power station workers go on strike

Hundreds of workers building a new power station in Middlesbrough have staged an unofficial strike in a row over pay.

The dispute has flared on the site where an energy-from-waste plant is being built.

Around 250 workers, including pipe fitters and welders, walked out on Wednesday and continued with the unofficial action on Thursday, sources told the Press Association.

Scaffolders joined the stoppage, while electricians were meeting to discuss the row.

The dispute is over bonus payments after work was affected by the bad weather.

Council workers' protest

South Tyneside Council workers' protest Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Workers from South Tyneside Council are going protesting (February 4) over wages.

Members of the Unite and GMB union are walking out at midday as they want a one pound an hour pay increase.

The council says no services should be affected.

Warning Ahead Of Fire Brigade Union Strike

County Durham & Darlington Fire Service is urging people to take extra care ahead of a Fire Brigade Union strike this evening. Resources will be reduced for five hours between 7pm to midnight on Christmas Eve.

It's part of the latest round of national strikes by the union in an ongoing dispute with the government about changes to pensions. The next strike is on New Year's Eve.

Householders are advised to check their smoke alarms, drivers are urged to stay safe by slowing down and leaving ample space behind the vehicle in front and those people spending time in the kitchen are reminded not to leave pans unattended and not to cook after drinking alcohol which can be extremely dangerous.

– Stuart Errington Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

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Teachers strike over Government proposals

Hundreds of teachers have marched through the streets of Durham as their fight with the Government over changes to pay and conditions reaches boiling point.

Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to alter teachers pensions and introduce performance related pay. Unions say the move will devastate the profession and children's education.

Mixed views on striking teachers

On Facebook, Jane Caithness Turner says:

"I agree with them. they should voice their anger, as we all should... If we all work until 68 there will not be any jobs for youth... Teachers work harder than MPs, time for fairness."

On Facebook, Antonio Barbaro says:

"A strike is always a last resort and for a profession as dedicated as teachers to come out on strike takes a lot. Backing them 100%. Good luck to them."

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